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Re: Theos-World RE: Proof of Adepts Value of Theosophy

Oct 02, 2005 04:09 PM
by leonmaurer

In a message dated 10/2/05 5:44:33 PM, writes:

> 10/2/2005 12:48 PM
>     RE: Proof of Adepts      Value of Theosophy
> Dear Gerry:
> While this may sound extreme  (as claim or statement), yet it carries the
> sense in which I write of the value of THEOSOPHY. And of the reason for
> respect of the MASTERS OF WISDOM.
> You may have noted how in the MAHATMA LETTERS [ pp.  33, 43 (Barker Edn.)] ,
> the great respect they offer to the Buddha, calling Him their Patron.
> Hence the value of making strictly available to all students, new or old of
> I have mop objections to comments being made on those teachings IF SO
> LABELED. [ I mean advising clearly IN ADVANCE that editorial changes have
> been introduced, and where and why so done.]
> I object when I discover that changes have been introduced in so-called
> reproductions of the "original  Teachings."  The first of such
> NON-ADVERTISED changes, was the reprint, in 1893 of the SECRET DOCTRINE.
> Both Adyar and Pasadena THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY s have done this in the past,
> and both have eventually returned to printing the ORIGINAL again.
> Here is another reason:
> “WISDOM RELIGION.     The one religion which underlies all the
> now-existing creeds.
> That “faith” which, being primordial, and revealed directly to human kind b
> y
> their progenitors and informing EGOS (though the Church regards them as the
> “fallen angels”), required no “grace”, nor blind faith to believe, for it
> was knowledge. (See “Gupta Vidyâ”, Hidden Knowledge.)
> It is on this Wisdom Religion that Theosophy is based.”
>      T  Glos  371-2
> ----------------------------------------
> This does not preclude the WISDOM of Buddhism, Hinduism, Brahmanism, etc.,
> which all can be traced back to the ORIGINAL Wisdom Religion -- the SANATANA
> DHAMMO  (DHARMA) of antiquity.
> Our modern exposition by HPB of the Masters' Message is a continuation of
> the same ancient teachings.
> Comparison produces and assures us of such verification.
> Best wishes,
> Dallas
> ========================================
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gerald Schueler []
> Sent: Saturday, October 01, 2005 12:59 PM
> To: Theosophy Study List
> Subject: Proof of Adepts
> ZD       The existence of Adepts can not be proven unless an Adept desires
> it to be so. Since Theosophists can not prove and demonstate such as actual
> FACT, does it mean it is not to be respected? 
> DTB: Many other examples of that in which can not be demonstated as actual
> FACT can be presented. I would appreciate an expounding of what is meant by
> the above statement. 
> An Adept is one who realizes the I-Not-I Monad and that the entire universe
> is an expression of this monad. Such a one can consciously make changes in
> his own Not-I or world. But so long as we are embodied, we share our worlds
> with others, and so making changes in one world always has karmic effects
> in the monadic world's of others who share it. Each Adept has a choice.
> They can deliberately avoid making any significant changes and let karmic
> forces run themselves out, as Ramakrishna did at the end of the 18th
> century, or they can make changes and thus reveal themselves to others, as
> many do. Those who remain in the background, making no significant changes,
> often go through life unknown and unnoticed. Those who choose to make
> changes and reveal themselves to others must pay the karmic price for doing
> so, as HPB's Adepts, and many others, have done.
> DTB     I see as methods of proof: 
>        (1)  testimony  [ found in numerous accounts of personal witnesses ]
>        (2)  coherence of information offered to be considered – in content,
> logic, support from other reliable sources.
>        (3)  lack of any enforcement, or any promises of securing personal
> preference or powers.
> dtb
> Eye-witness testimony is usually unreliable, but sometimes it is all we
> have. Information, exoteric knowledge such as the original writings, does
> not validate Adepts, and could have been written by a non-Adept who was
> highly intelligent and had access to libraries. The information contained
> in the original writings is about as consistent as the Bible or Koran. In
> short, there are conflicts when we make literal interpretations. Failure to
> promise rewards is itself no guarantee of Adepts. If these three methods of
> "proof" were valid, then everyone today would believe in Adepts. Adepts
> generally are not  interested in proving themselves to non-believers. They
> do, however, have an interest in helping those who are ready to see them
> for what they are.
> Personally, I believe in them because because I can see no reasonable
> alternative in light of my experiences.
> Jerry S.

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